St. Fintan’s Church, Raheen

Saturday Shanahoe Vigil: 7.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am Tobar an Léinn N.S.
Weekdays: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am -  Red Cross Centre, Raheen (See Newsletter –  Mass times subject to change) First Friday Shanahoe: 7.30pm
Holy Days as in Newsletter

about St. Fintan’s Church, Raheen

St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe


Vigil Mass Saturday eve: 7.30pm

Sunday: 9.30am

Wednesday: 10.00am

about St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe

Shanahoe History

St. Brigid’s Church Shanahoe

Shanahoe – (Sean Chuaidh -old hollow)

The Pilgrim priest, Fr. Benjamin Broughall, was responsible for the building of the 1816 church. At the consecration of that church, the local landlord and doner of the site Mr. Bourden, of Springmount House, presented to the people of Shanahoe a painting depicting St. Peter with the Keys of the Kingdom. This painting had been presented to him in gratitude for his kindness by a man known as the Ditreabhach (a man without a tribe).

The picture has been place on loan with Abbeyleix Heritage Centre since 1998 and a copy hangs in the new church.

John Keegan, native of Killeaney, near Shanahoe, wrote many tales and poems depicting rural life as he knew it in the first half of the nineteenth century and his written accounts are treasured in the Shanahoe area. He died in 1849, aged 33.

The 1816 church was demilished in 1966 and a new building of modern design was raised on the site. The foundation stone was blessed 1st February 1967 by the Auxiliary Bishop, Patrick Lennon. It was consecrated in 1968. The Parish Priest was Fr. William Mahon. Architect S. C. Shesgreen and the builder was Charles Breen. It cost £33,000.